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Visual probes and methods for placing visual probes into subsurface areas

United States Patent

6,820,701
November 23, 2004
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Visual probes and methods for placing visual probes into subsurface areas in either contaminated or non-contaminated sites are described. In one implementation, the method includes driving at least a portion of a visual probe into the ground using direct push, sonic drilling, or a combination of direct push and sonic drilling. Such is accomplished without providing an open pathway for contaminants or fugitive gases to reach the surface. According to one implementation, the invention includes an entry segment configured for insertion into the ground or through difficult materials (e.g., concrete, steel, asphalt, metals, or items associated with waste), at least one extension segment configured to selectively couple with the entry segment, at least one push rod, and a pressure cap. Additional implementations are contemplated.
Clark; Don T. (Idaho Falls, ID), Erickson; Eugene E. (Pocatello, ID), Casper; William L. (Rigby, ID), Everett; David M. (Shelley, ID)
Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 285,835
20040216920
November 1, 2002
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION This invention was made with United States Government support under Contract DE-AC07-99ID13727 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.